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Wilmington evacuates 3,000 facing Irene flood: Update

Evacuations in New Castle, Del. City, Shore towns

Wilmington evacuates 3,000 facing Irene flood: Update

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Wilmington Mayor James H. Baker has ordered 3,000 Wilmington residents to leave their flood-prone neighborhoods, including Southbridge, Brandywine Village, and others near the lower Brandywine and Christina, by 6 PM Saturday as Hurricane Irene moves north.

William Penn and Middletown High Schools are opening as Red Cross shelters for those residents and others in low-lying neighborhoods on the west bank of the Delaware.

Baker's statement here.

Earlier, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell ordered evacuations in Rehoboth and other Delaware Shore towns; the City of New Castle east of Third Street; Delaware City east of Second Street; the Kent County fishing-village hummocks; and in nearby neighborhoods and industrial areas. 

Markell's statement here.

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